Sunlight catching leaves
Sunlight catching leaves

Houghton Hey Ancient Woodland, Hapton

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Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry flowers April and May. A rich source of nectar

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Winter light
Winter light

Winter sunlight through the silver birch trees at Elker Woods, Billington

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Hoverfly feeding
Hoverfly feeding

A hoverfly feeding

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Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Tortoiseshell Butterfly

The Trust sites support a diverse array of butterflies and moths

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Dappled sunlight
Dappled sunlight

By managing our woodland the tree canopy allows varying amounts of sunlight onto the woodland floor, encouraging diverse flora species

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New Spring growth
New Spring growth

Bright new leaves in the Spring

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Carpet of Bluebells
Carpet of Bluebells

A dense carpet of bluebells covers the woodland floor of the ancient and new planted areas at Haughton Hey Plantation

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A path through the trees
A path through the trees

Carpets of buttercups and a diverse range of flowering gasses encourage numerous insects

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Grasses and buttercups
Grasses and buttercups
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Snake's Head Fritillary
Snake's Head Fritillary

A native bulb which is now rare in the wild. They were introduced to the Peel Bank Reserve and have colonised it extensively

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Ramsons
Ramsons

Also known as wild garlic. A common bulb in ancient woodland. Flowers April to June and smells strongly of onion

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